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Alfred Todd Landry Alfred Todd Landry

Todd Landry is a great farmer. He farms along Bayou Teche his younger brother, Patrick. He's proud of his success but wonders what more he could have learned about life and farming had his father had lived just one more day.

Bain Family Bain Family of Avoyelles Parish 2018The Bain family of Bunkie, Louisiana has always been known for their progressive attitude toward farming. Sterling Bain Sr., the deceased patriarch of Bain Farms in Avoyelles/Rapides, was always at the forefront of technological innovation. You can ask any of his sons and grandsons who followed him into the fields.
Bobby Morris Bobby Morris A lot of industry observers would classify Bobby Morris of West Baton Rouge Parish and his  family members that make up Morris Farms Partnership as the ideal American family farming enterprise.  
Celebrating Louisiana's Sugarcane Families Gravois Family Louisianaís sugarcane industry has been a top economic driver in the state for more than 221 years and is celebrating the family farmers who have been farming cane for generations in a series of television ads this 2016 harvesting season.
Charles GuidryCharles GuidrySugarcane farmer Charles Guidry of Erath, Louisiana knew that if he was going to get ahead, things would have to change. But as the old Serenity Prayer goes, one has to have the courage to change the things one can.
Dane Berard Dane Berard Dane Berard Sugarcane farmer Dane Berard of Breaux Bridge runs his operation pretty much like the other 483 growers of the Sugar Belt. He and his partner, Glenn Thibodaux, have an investment in their sugarcane and soybean farm and have been successful for many years.
Donald Segura Donald SeguraDonald Segura of New Iberia says heís retired but he may be busier than ever. For a man that likes to stay busy, thatís saying a lot. The 76-year-old French speaker has concurrently been a sugarcane, okra, pepper, wheat and soybean farmer while he was a dairyman milking 100 cows twice a day, driving a school bus and operating a community grocery store.
Eddie Lewis Eddie "Boss Man" LewisEddie Lewis III of Youngsville never planned on being a sugarcane farmer. His grandfather, Eddie "Boss ManĒ Lewis Sr., and father, Eddie Lewis Jr., ran the family farming operation. But plans are plans and reality doesnít always cooperate. And while a lot of things have changed in southeastern Lafayette Parish, the Lewis family has been farming sugarcane off Linden Lewis Road for six generations.
Enterprise FactoryEnterprise Factory 100 px Simeon Patout came to Louisiana from France with a dream of becoming the premier vintner of the South. He started his vineyard in 1825 in the community which came to be known as Patoutville. He quickly learned that Louisiana, despite sharing the same French language as the Loire River valley, did not share the grape growing climate.
Grady BubenzerGrady BubenzerThe Bubenzers owe a lot to their grandfather, Harvey, and father, Harvey Jr., who instilled in the boys an appreciation for skillful land management, planning and research."He (my father) was really the innovator as far as land leveling,Ē Grady said. "We had a lot of problem with Johnson grass back in those days but he really made it a lot easier on us, the next generation,
Harold Schexnayder Sr. Harold Schexnayder SrRetired sugarcane farmer Harold Schexnayder Sr. 85, of White Castle, La., has been a public servant for his country, state, parish and community for a good portion of his life.
Joby BeaudJoby Beaud A fifth generation farmer, Joby Beaud comes from a family whose name is synonymous with farming in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Ken Gravois Ken Gravois In medieval times, noble families had specific rules for inheritance. The oldest son inherited the noble title and all of the lands. The best bet for the second son was to become a scholar and learn to make a living by his wits. The third son was "givenĒ to the Church. In Ken Gravoisís sugarcane farming family of six, he and his twin brother didnít consider the priesthood, but decided to give the scholarly world a sshot.
L. J. Carmouche L. J. Carmouche Jr. Leonce J. Carmouche Jr. of Belle Rose doesnít know exactly how long his family has been growing sugarcane in Assumption Parish but itís a long time. Heís not really too concerned about genealogy. Whatís on his mind is harvesting his sugarcane fields as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Lacours of Pointe Coupee George and Catherine Lacour Pointe Coupee Grower George Lacour is essentially a first generation sugarcane farmer. Yes, his family has been in farming for geneartions but George began growing sugarcane in 1992, but the Lacour family has been in Pointe Coupee Parish since 1782 so George has a long farming heritage.
Lane BlanchardBlanchard Boys TNDo it yourself ó thatís the only way that sugarcane farmer Lane Blanchard and his brothers, Harvey and Brant know how to make things happen down at their Iberia Parish farm.
LASUCALASUCAIt is said that prosperity is a great teacher, but adversity is a much tougher taskmaster. Those opposing ideas faced the management of the old Breaux Bridge Sugar Cooperative and the St. Martin Sugar Cooperative back in the 1980s and 90s. The result of their collaboration is LASUCA.
Lula Westfield

Lula-Westfield is one success story. The Lula Sugar Factory in Belle Rose and the Westfield Sugar Factory in Paincourtville were destined to merge as the families who owned them were already connected by marriage and blood.

Mark Patout Mark Patout Sugarcane farmer Mark Patout of Jeanerette was one of the League members concerned about issues affecting the publicís perception of the sugarcane business. He believes itís important for the non-farming public to know that sugarcane farmers are a conscientious group concerned about road safety and environmental issues.
Mitchel OursoMitchel Ourso

Many Louisiana sugarcane farmers say their farming operation is just a little olí family-owned farm, but the Mitchel J. Ourso family of Iberville Parish takes it to an extreme.

Pierre "Pete" Lanaux Pete LanauxA conversation with St. John the Baptist Parish sugarcane farmer Pierre "PeteĒ Lanaux slips easily between the past and the present. At 88 years old, Mr. Pete may be the stateís eldest farmer. Certainly his farming career, which spans 68 years, is older than the average age (55) of the American farmer.
Rodney SimoneauxRodney Simoneaux of Assumption Parish is surveying a wet field on the north side of Highway 38. Even though itís late November, heís hoping it will dry up enough to plant sugarcane.
Ronald GonsoulinRonnie Gonsoulin South Louisiana land is good for many things, but itís especially good for growing sugarcaneÖand itís good for Iberia Parish farmer Ronnie Gonsoulin. Gonsoulin and his cane farming brethren can grow sugarcane in just about any soil type in the Bayou State.
Ronald HebertRonald Hebert Jr. Ronald Hebert Jr's progression into sugarcane farming was natural. His father, Ronald Sr., and grandfather, Dozelia, were both cane farmers and got Ronald off to a good start and he began hauling cane when he was 16. When Ronald was old enough, his father retired but "he never really quit farming, and bossing me around."

Ted BroussardTed and John BroussardSt. Mary Parish sugarcane farmer Ted Broussard was born to be a farmer."A farmerís job changes every ten minutes,Ē Ted said as he directed his cane wagons across Verdunville Road to his loading site.He clearly enjoys being a farmer and attacks every challenge like a general devising a battle plan.
Troy Thibodeaux Troy Thibodeaus Grower Troy Thibodeaux of Labadieville is constantly thinking of ways to make his sugarcane farming business more efficient.His innovations have helped to make his 3000-acre farm more profitable. He conceived and built multiple 30-foot five-row cultivators.
His innovations have helped to make his 3000-acre farm more profitable. He conceived and built multiple 30-foot five-row cultivators. - See more at:
His innovations have helped to make his 3000-acre farm more profitable. He conceived and built multiple 30-foot five-row cultivators. - See more at:
His innovations have helped to make his 3000-acre farm more profitable. He conceived and built multiple 30-foot five-row cultivators. - See more at:
Viator Family Viator Family This is the story of four brothers, Dudley, Wilson, Roy and J.C. Viator, who started their farming careers in Iberia Parish in the 1940s. They were the sons of Abara and Mae Viator, descendants of Antonia Villatore, one the original Spanish families who settled New Iberia in 1779.



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